Soul to Keep

Garrett Leigh
Soul to Keep
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Riptide Publishing
Release Date
April 2018
Book 2 of Rented Heart
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

Recovering addict Jamie Yorke has returned to England from California. With no home or family to speak of, he sticks a pin in a map and finds a small town in the Derbyshire Peak District. Matlock Bath is a quiet place—he just needs to get there, keep his head down, and stay clean. Simple, right? Until a chance meeting on the flight home alters the course of his so-called life forever.

Ex-Army medic Marc Ramsey is recovering from life-changing combat injuries while pulling nights as a trauma specialist at the local hospital. Keeping busy is a habit he can't quit, but when Jamie—so wild and beautiful—bursts into his life, working himself into the ground isn't as compelling as it used to be.

Marc falls hard, but chaos lurks behind Jamie's fragile facade. He's winning his battle against addiction, but another old foe is slowly consuming him. Both men have weathered many storms, but the path to the peace they deserve might prove the roughest ride yet.

Book Review by Ana (reviewer)
Feb 12, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
94 people found the following review helpful
Finding love and peace when the life seems to be falling apart, is one of the experiences Jamie and Marc will have to learn in SOUL TO KEEP.

Jamie is a recovering addict that is trying to put his life together going back to England. Marc is an Ex-Army medic dealing with his own demons. Meeting Jamie in a flight is going to change things for them forever. The many battles they have to face together might become one of the toughest tasks that they have to fight in order to find the peace they deserve.

This is the second book in a series. I haven't read the first one and, even though it would help to know some of the characters mentioned who seemed to have an important role in the main characters' life, I don't really think that it altered my overall thoughts of the book or make me enjoy it any less. That being said, I wasn't particularly impressed by the book. It had a lot of things that I liked but it was mostly underwhelming.

I felt like it took all my energy. I was exhausted like I often am when I'm talking with emotionally troubled people. On that matter, I appreciate it, because it generate the same emotion I would feel in real life, but it became bothersome and made it harder to read the book. It was very slow paced and that seemed appropriate for the story, but it didn't help or motivate me to keep reading.

It does have some great parts that I loved and, at the end, I guess those parts I liked were stronger than the ones that I didn't. Among them, the constant struggle Jamie had, not only with addiction but also with self-acceptance. It felt realistic. The support he found in Marc and how important they became to each other was also something that I enjoy a lot. It wasn't extremely romantic and was mostly centered on the struggles they have. That's perfectly fine with me, but I guess some readers looking for romance might find that aspect a little inconvenient.

Overall it was a good book, I have some issues with it but it had some great redeeming elements. Readers who aren't troubled by angsty books will be able to enjoy it.
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